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The Leadership Academy of Ousseynou Diome

When he comes into the yellow dining room, nodding hello before joining his friends at a nearby lunch table, the students I eat with huddle forward and turn into myth-makers, wild-eyed informants. [the full story]

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Dreaming Joseph: A Liz Coleman Story

Liz Coleman once wrote, ‘Whenever I mention Bennington something is bound to happen.’ The same can be said about Liz. Take, for instance, the fact that most people have an opinion of her, and it’s usually strong. Or that everyone seems to think they know her, or know someone who knows her. [the full story]


Postscript: A Note After the Election

Peter Drucker was occasionally called an economist. If he heard this he would point out that “an economist is interested in the behavior of economies,” whereas he was interested in the behavior of people. More often than not he is called “The Father of Modern Management.” That’s right, capital T, because before Drucker’s first book The Practice of Management came out in 1954, management as we know it today did not exist. [the full comment]

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An Andy Abstract

Andy Spence does not display his own work in the office, except for one piece: an 8 x 4 foot test sheet. Kraft paper with a superimposed slide of an older painting he had blown up and silk screened. It looks like a large “M,” crossed out, retraced, crossed out, retraced. “M, like mistake,” he says smiling. [the full story]


Common Artifacts: The Art of Reuse

Erin McKenny is a collector, and everyone knows it. She collects walnuts and acorns, pressed Queen Anne’s lace, old mailbox numbers, felt samples, and quaint little “Made in Vermont” package stickers. Her office, shared with project manager Holly Andersen, is a cornucopia of textures and treasures sourced from across campus—Andersen, the big and rustic: steam pipes, paned windows, a box of hard hats. McKenny, the wild and small: a splintered wooden E, a “ringer” box, campus posters. [the full story]


Whole New View: Museum Term

Fatima Zaidi thinks about culture a lot. She thinks about collective memory, community education, and how art is communicated inside the creative community and outside of it. She thinks about all of this in English because it is the only language she speaks, despite growing up in Pakistan. Before coming to the U.S. it was the kind of thing that she never questioned. [the full story]


Moving Beyond Words: A Content First Approach to Language

“Language is generally taught to students as if their primary identity was as consumers. They learn how to order food, how to buy something, how to get something,” faculty member Stephen Shapiro explains when asked why Bennington’s language curriculum looks so different to most people. “We do something else. We teach language by engaging with a student’s intellectual identity.” [the full story]


What Millennials Want from Work

What millennials prioritize in their search for work, what employers need from graduates and how those needs are influencing colleges and universities throughout the country with the rising tide of internship programs. A conversation with Holly McCormack, Dean of Field Work Term and Career Development Services at Bennington College. [the full story]


audio stories + interviews

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Judge a Book by the Cover

Topping more than two million views, Crossett Library's "Judge a Book by the Cover" Flickr set, curated by Dean of Library and Information Services, Oceana Wilson, is wildly attractive to book lovers, artists, and designers. The collection, which has developed over the years, showcases seminal book cover designs included in Crossett's stacks, as well as covers and interiors Wilson serendipitously encounters. [listen]

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It is a Seismograph

Allen Shawn published his fourth book and second biography —Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician. He has previously published Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey, Twin: A Memoir, and Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life. Whether on assignment or propelled by an internal need to share his story, Shawn describes the act of writing as his own “attempt to mediate between something difficult and an audience.” But, despite having written two very different and difficult memoirs about his own life, he says if you want to really know him, listen to his music. [listen]

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Play It Right: On the Rise with Amelia Meath

Sylvan Esso came as close to Bennington as any of their shows would bring them when they played to an adoring MASS MoCA crowd, just 40 miles from the College, in March. The show sold out faster than any of their other spring 2018 tour stops. Meath’s partner, Nick Sanborn, had a hunch. He joked during the show that the venue was probably shoulder-to-shoulder with Meath’s friends and family. He wasn’t too far off. [listen]


Learning On a Deep Level

"I give assignments to make sure that students are integrating on a deep level. It’s easy to learn concepts superficially, to get familiar with the terminology and to speak in terminology. When I assign something to the class, I’m looking to see if students are able to grasp a concept, if they understand its range and limits, what it means and what it doesn’t mean, and if they are able to apply the concept." Psychology expert, David Anderegg talks about why assignments and participation are essential. [listen]


What Millennials Want from Work

Career development and work integrated learning expert, Holly McCormack discusses how Millennials are changing the landscape of education and work for themselves and their parent's too. [listen]

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Making an Artist, and How You Can Just Tell

Andy Spence does not display his own work in the office, except for one piece: an 8 x 4-foot test sheet. Kraft paper with a superimposed slide of an older painting he had blown up and silk screened. It looks like a large “M,” crossed out, retraced, crossed out, retraced. “M, like mistake,” he says smiling. [listen]